The best beaches in the North West
The North West is home to some of the greatest cities in the UK. Hubs of cosmopolitan culture and enterprise, they’re also just a stone’s throw away from the coast. Beaches bring a breather to the non-stop vibe associated with urban life in this area.
Extending from the Welsh to Scottish borders, this area is England’s third-most populated, yet it also home to many untouched areas of natural beauty. Within an hour’s drive, city dwellers can escape to serenity on some of the most unspoilt coastline the UK has to offer. Rocky coves, bountiful sand dunes and vast areas of expansive sand marry perfectly with the fresh sea breeze, providing the ideal space for visitors to relax and rejuvenate. We’ve put together a list of the best beaches in the North West to help guide you to a seaside staycation that will live long in the memory.
There are few towns more iconic than Blackpool when it comes to a holiday by the sea. The town and its neighbours are home to some of the best beaches in the North West, so we’ve rounded up our favourites for you to tick off the bucket list when you next visit.
1. Blackpool Central Beach
This beach, 10 minutes away from our holiday park at Marton Mere, is blessed by a whole host of amazing attractions. You’re just steps from landmarks like SeaLife and Blackpool’s Madame Tussauds, with the pier itself playing host to an array of amusements and a funfair.
2. Blackpool South Beach
Home to the iconic Pleasure Beach, Blackpool South offers one of the best family days out in the UK. At the Pleasure Beach, visitors can enjoy adrenaline-fuelled adventures to family friendly experiences. When you’re done exploring, top off the day with some fish and chips and a drink or two at one of the many options within walking distance.
3. Rossall Beach, Rossall
The vast sands of Rossall Beach stand in stark contrast to the beaches of Blackpool and many others along the North West coast, as the stretch here rarely gets too busy. To the north you have the traditional fishing town of Fleetwood, and a short stroll south takes you to the busier, more amenity-filled Cleveleys Beach. For that all-important balance of peace with facilities, Rossall is one of the best beaches in the North West.
The Lake District is one of the loveliest locations you can head to for a holiday in the UK, and its lush magnificence is made all the more great by the sometimes-unspoken number of coastal hideaways there are within its reach. Here are our favourites:
Grange-over-Sands Beach, Grange-over-Sands
The town of Grange-over-Sands offers incredible surroundings and endless avenues to explore. A walk along the town’s promenade looks out over the vast saltmarsh that transforms Morecambe into the River Kent in this picturesque part of the Lake District. There are loads of places to sit back, relax and admire the view on what’s a really accessible day out from our Lakeland holiday park, which is just a 15-minute drive away.
2. Silverdale Beach, Silverdale
A journey round the other side of the River Kent takes you back out to Morecambe Bay from us at Lakeland holiday park, and here you’ll find the scenic Silverdale, a town with one of the best beaches in the North West. There are endless amounts of sand here when the tide recedes, but an adventure might be best undertaken from Silverdale’s rocks as the tide is known to move very quickly in this area.
3. Newbiggin Beach, Newbiggin
An 18-mile drive around the picturesque River Leven gets you from Lakeland holiday park to another one of the best beaches in the North West, Newbiggin. One of the finest in the Lake District, it’s a peaceful, untouched paradise that’s brilliant for a walk and a sample of the fresh sea breeze. The sands and shingle stretch for miles and you may just see Blackpool Tower in the distance on a clear day, a prompt to come and stay with us near the town one day!
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Best beaches near Blackpool
Renowned for its busy night life, bustling high season and traditional seaside amusements. However, the town itself and the surrounding coastline also boasts many idyllic beaches and mile-long stretches of promenade with classic British seaside backdrop.
Best beaches near the Lake District
The Lake District, largest of the United Kingdom’s national parks, famously boasts 16 lakes (and many smaller tarns) and more than 150 high peaks. However, did you know that the surrounding area is also home to 30 listed beaches?
Best beaches in Cornwall
With 422 miles of coastline, Cornwall harbours an endless supply of islets, stacks, coves and bays between its dramatic cliffs.